President Joe Biden has been nothing but helpful during the investigation into how he has handled classified documents, as was “Crooked” Hilary during hers. Trump, on the other hand, had a very different attitude.
The White House informed that President Joe Biden voluntarily had an interview with special counsel Robert Hur regarding classified document handling at his residence.
Focus of Investigation
Hur’s investigation particularly looks into the holding of classified documents found at Biden’s Delaware home and a private office he used during his tenure as a senator, vice president, and eventually, president.
A Denial of Knowledge
Throughout the investigation, President Biden has maintained that he was unaware of these classified documents being present.
Appointment by Attorney General
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Robert Hur in January 2023 to keep the investigation neutral and fairly balanced.
Biden’s Voluntary Participation
Ian Sams, a spokesperson for the White House counsel’s office, confirmed that the President willingly engaged in the interview, demonstrating a proactive approach to address the matter.
An Unexpected Interview Request
The interview likely happened after Hur’s office requested it post-August 25, prompting the President’s involvement in the inquiry.
Initial Dismissal of Interview
Responding to inquiries about a potential interview with the special counsel, Biden had previously stated, “There’s no such request and no such interest.”
Involvement of Witnesses
Hur’s investigative team broadly engaged with witnesses to understand how these classified documents were handled.
An Open Investigation to the Public
Sams also described how the team has kept the public in the loop, “We have provided relevant updates publicly, being as transparent as we can consistent with protecting and preserving the integrity of the investigation.”
The White House’s Commitment
Sams reiterated the Biden administration’s dedication to cooperate fully with the investigation, “As we have said from the beginning, the President and the White House are cooperating with this investigation.”
Comparing to Clinton’s Case
Comparisons are drawn to 2016 when then-FBI Director James Comey recommended against criminal charges brought on Hillary Clinton for similar reasons to Biden’s after she cooperated in a brief interview at FBI headquarters.
Trump’s Legal Battle
While Trump faces charges related to obstruction and unlawful retention of classified records, there’s no indication of comparable conduct by President Biden, despite what Trump may claim.
A History of Presidents in Investigations
Looking at historical instances, it’s clear that it’s not unusual for sitting presidents to be interviewed during criminal investigations.
George W. Bush’s Cooperation
President George W. Bush’s 70-minute interview during the investigation into a CIA operative’s identity leak provides a relevant past example.
Bill Clinton’s Lengthy Questioning
Former President Bill Clinton’s over four-hour questioning from independent counsel Kenneth Starr before a federal grand jury sets another precedent for presidential cooperation in legal inquiries.
Mueller’s Attempted Interview with Trump
Contrasting interview styles, special counsel Robert Mueller’s negotiation for an interview with then-President Donald Trump, who responded with written answers, showing that Trump was probably more worried about the consequences than Biden.
The public and relevant stakeholders await the legal process to run its course, providing answers and resolution to the matter.
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